Swim coach named state, west sectional Coach of the Year
by Jeff Richards
The Times-Independent
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GCHS head swim coach Brian Pierce (center) poses with the team’s four senior female swimmers, (from left) Jayelen Knowles, Megan Pfnister, River Richards and Alexa Pierce, at a recent home swim meet.                        
                                                                                            Photo by Jeff Richards
GCHS head swim coach Brian Pierce (center) poses with the team’s four senior female swimmers, (from left) Jayelen Knowles, Megan Pfnister, River Richards and Alexa Pierce, at a recent home swim meet. Photo by Jeff Richards
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Brian Pierce, head coach of the Grand County High School boys and girls swim teams, recently received two prestigious awards from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

Pierce was named the NFHS 2016 Coach of the Year for Boys’ Swimming and Diving for the state of Utah, as well as Coach of the Year for the 2016 West Sectional level, which includes Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California and Hawaii.

“These are very prestigious awards and well deserved as Brian does an outstanding job with our swim program,” said GCHS activities director Ronald Dolphin.

Pierce has been the head coach of the Red Devils since the beginning of the high school’s swim program five years ago. He coached the GCHS girls team to the 2A state championship in 2016, and has also twice been named the 2A girls coach of the year by the Utah High School Activities Association,. He received those UHSAA honors in both 2014-15 and 2015-16. Pierce also shared 2A boys coach of the year honors in 2015-16 with Yance Fawcett of North Summit.

Pierce and his wife, Rhondelle, are both alumni of Grand County High School, with Brian graduating in 1991 and Rhondelle in 1993. They are the parents of two children, both of whom are current members of the GCHS swim team. Daughter Alexa, a senior, has set multiple state records during her four-year high school swimming career and was named the 2A swimmer of the year in 2014-15. Son Braxten, a sophomore, is also an accomplished swimmer with multiple team records and top placings at state.

Coach Pierce is currently working with assistant coach Wendy Young to get the team’s swimmers ready for the 2017 state championship meet, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Brigham Young University in Provo.


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